The Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Beat It On Down The Line
Playing In The Band
Greatest Story Ever Told
Ramble On Rose
Dark Star ->
Eyes Of The World ->
One More Saturday Night
Two sources from the LMA provided coverage for this matrix: a relatively
decent SBD, and a pretty nice sounding AUD recorded probably at the board
via the "Debbie connection". The result is an interesting matrix,
with the vocals a little hot in the overall outcome - typical of this era's
SBD mixes, although that's irrelevant when you're deep in the Dark Star.
One of the things I like about the resulting matrix is the ability to bring
back that amphitheater sound. Many people were yipping and whooping in
between songs just to hear their own echo.
Check out these comments from DeadBase:
"On Saturday night, one of the crew lit a fireworks fountain up on one of
the PA towers creating a moment of panic for some folks who thought it was
an electrical fire but Garcia calmed 'em down with a simple, 'Don't panic
folks, this is the movies - remember..'.
"In an interesting footnote to these shows, the official Grand Opening of
this brand new venue on the Universal Studios backlot was the following
weekend with a week-long series of Frank Sinatra shows but the Dead gave
it a real shakedown acid test first."
A review from the LLama:
"The Playin is typically great for 1973, and the Dark Star>Eyes>Stella Blue
combination puts this one over the top for me. Very unique jams. And BTW,
the Wall of Sound seems to work pretty well tonight. Nice quality. An
overlooked show that will knock you out!" - Dr. Flashback
Thanks to A. Jerugim for the SBD, and Noah Weiner for the A>D transfer of
the AUD as well as all the folks involved with the Audience Devotional Tree.
The transition between all three discs can be put together seemlessly.
I tracked this show so that disc 3 contains the entire second set.
It would be possible to edit out 40 seconds of crowd/tuning from the
first set and burn a 90 minute CDR.
Both sources were pitched differently, the AUD being the sharpest,
and the SBD being the flatest. The AUD on average had to be pitched
down on average about .05 (5 cents), and the SBD had to be pitched up
about .15 (15 cents) to achieve pitch correction - 1.00 being 100 cents
which is a semitone. The result is very close to A=440Hz, however there
is some fluctuation throughout the show due to the age of the recordings.
Even after pitch correcting the AUD and the SBD, because of the speed
fluctuation within a given source, multiple edits were performed to keep
the sources synched (too many edits to list).
- Sonic Quality/Matrix ratio
The AUD did receive a little EQ to revive some of the high end that was lost
to previously employed NR. The SBD remained untouched sonically. Conceptually,
all I was trying to do here is to add some dimension to the SBD, which is
pretty dry, by using the ambience of the AUD. The result is a lively but clear
recording, hopefully close to how it sounded at the show. If I had to guess
the SBD/AUD ratio would be somewhere between 3:1 and 4:1, leaning more towards
the 3:1 end of things.
The following are places where the SBD had holes or incomplete coverage
in reference to the final matrix timeline.
Full coverage was achieved by combining both sources. The most significant
pieces missing from the SBD are 1:14 in the middle of Birdsong, and 20
seconds of the transition from Dark Star > Eyes, both likely due to reel
changes. The rest is tuning/crowd and a few clipped intros. All of it
is covered nicely by the AUD. The missing elements from the AUD are also
likely due to reel changes, and are not that noticeable, although I encourage
the avid listener to locate those points so as to hear the matrix coming back
in - this will reveal the effect of the combination of the two sources.
June 30, 2015 Subject:
This matrix is definitely my favorite source for this show; the Universal run is pretty well-known; I love the following night but this one holds up just as well.
Set 1 - Bird Song is gorgeous. Just as easy as you please - they had this tune down *pat* around this era. Black Peter = exquisite. And Playin' shatters that psychedelic mirror once again.
Set 2 - Dark Star > Eyes > Stella is all you need to know. It's as lovely as you imagine.
I really do enjoy the intimacy of these shows @ Universal. No distant stadium-sound here; you can practically picture the coziness of that amphitheater.
August 3, 2012 Subject:
@Stellablu122 the keyboard sound you are hearing on this Dark Star comes from a Rhodes electric piano. Keith didn't start using a Moog synthesizer on stage until 1977 (see Row Jimmys, Lazy>Sups, and Dancins from this era for an example). Even then, he switched back to his Yamaha CM electric grand piano shortly after the fall '77 tour ended. I agree with you though; I love Keith when he branches out from his usual grand piano tone. For some reason, he had a hard time doing that (one of the reasons Jerry got tired of his sound). He is a brilliant Rhodes player, as evidenced on Blues for Allah.
This show is amazing. Summer '73 is classic Dead.
June 12, 2012 Subject:
June of '73
This month was more of the country rockabilly twang than the jazzed infused psychedelia that would occur a mere three months later.
The first set is well played and features an outstanding Playing in the Band.
Bob continues the fireworks with a stellar GSET.
The DS is excellent for the simple fact that it features Kieth playing the Moog, which works wonderfully in the song, and it Jerry still favors the wah wah pedal for some cool peaks. The transition into a still primitive Eyes is very good and the transition into Stella Blue is my preference over China Doll is also very nice.
The Sugar Magnolia is a power house revival and features a blow out version of SSDD.
They rock it out for the encore as well.
The second set is shorter for some reason this night.
This matrix is fun to listen to as well.
January 22, 2011 Subject:
Row Jimmy tight
jerrry singing good on this one. rhythm is crisp by bill. bass is deep for 73 recording. this row jimmy is tiiiite. this shit is tiiiite. i'll give it a five as to not rock the boat. i'll listen to the rest now. but i'm full of stoned excitement, so thought i'd review this now.
October 27, 2009 Subject:
This is a great show and nicely recorded, a good blend between audience and SBoard. I enjoyed it much, thanks!
July 2, 2009 Subject:
The Dark Star jam on this is very sweet indeed. I picked that up a long time ago on a real clean cassette. A favorite version, up there with the very best.
Sound (on the sbd recording) is very good quality, real nice bass, and good balance overall.
May 8, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" June 30, 1973 at the Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA, U.S.A.
Thank you Chris Chappell for mixing this show properly. You're a genius.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the 'matrix' LOVE from 1973.
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October 22, 2008 Subject:
warm, sweet sound, good show
Bob & Jerry's vocals come through nice, just the right amount of crowd, instruments sound good, not too crisp, but nice sounding. This is my second time listening to the show and I'm enjoying it.
June 13, 2008 Subject:
This tune stands out for me as as a great display of Jerry's vocals.